Do you want to contribute flowers for Sunday worship?

March 29, 2023 Antoinette Richardson

If so, please click here: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/641db77011277763.

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FHC Percussion Ensemble, Bell Choir (Voices in Bronze) and Chancel Choir!

March 29, 2023 Antoinette Richardson

Please contact Ying (music@fhcpresb.org) if you are interested in joining!

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Guest Preacher, April 30, 2023

March 29, 2023 Antoinette Richardson

Rev. Dr. Kimberly Wagner will be our guest preacher
on Sunday, April 30.

The Rev. Dr. Kimberly Wagner serves as the Assistant Professor of Preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary. She received a B.S. in Secondary Life Science Education from Miami University (OH), an M.Div. from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. Though she has served among the Lutherans and was educated among United Methodists, Dr. Wagner is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Previous experience on the pastoral staff of a PCUSA congregation in Virginia helps fuel and inform her present scholarship and teaching. She is passionate about supporting students’ formation and helping clergy and communities navigate the realities of an ever-changing world and church. Her current writing and work focus on preaching and ministry in the midst and wake of trauma, particularly thinking about collective trauma, the role of the preacher, and the resources of our Scriptures and faith to respond to these moments. Dr. Wagner’s book, Fractured Ground: Preaching in the Wake of Mass Trauma (Westminster John Knox Press, 2023), offers guidance for preaching in the aftermath of communal trauma, including mass violence, natural disasters, and public health crises. 

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Forgive: A study for Lent (2/19-4/2/2023)

February 15, 2023 Antoinette Richardson

Using the Follow Me curriculum during the Education Hour on Sunday mornings (9:15-10:15 AM), we welcome you to join us by Zoom.

The following is a brief description: We forgive because God first forgives us. When we forgive one another, we participate in God’s way of being in the world. At its root, the word forgiveness draws on a Greek word meaning “to let go.” When we forgive one another, we let go of anger over wrong; we let go of a desire for getting even; we let go of the burdens of shame and guilt. To forgive is not to forget; it is an active decision to not live in the past and to build toward a future. Forgiveness does not deny the realities of sin: betrayal, violence, anger, and jealousy. It ensures that wrongs do not have the last word. The final word in forgiveness is God’s grace, available to those who seek to forgive and to move beyond separation and brokenness toward restored relationships with God and one another.

There is an Adult Reflection guide available for pick up in the office. The cost is $9.00 for those who want to contribute to its cost.

A second option for a Lenten study is the class titled -Discovering the Beloved Community in the Gospel of Matthew. This class is already in progress by Zoom on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15. Each session is an independent exploration. It is not too late to join. The class would be glad to have you join it.

If you wish to join, please register here: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/448ccd.

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In Celebration of Women’s History Month 2023

February 15, 2023 Antoinette Richardson

Music She Wrote, March 4 from 4-6 PM

Forest Hill Church Presbyterian

Tea reception and discussion at 4 PM, Fellowship Hall, with Jessica Kelley

Concert at 5 PM in the Sanctuary

We are excited to kick off Women’s History Month with a concert celebrating the works of female composers from the baroque era.  Historically-informed musicians Guillermo Salas-Suárez (violin) and Andréa Walker (soprano) will present a dazzling performance of musical pieces with Qin-Ying Tan on the organ and harpsichord.  In addition, our youth group will present recitations of poetry composed by female writers through the ages during the performance. 

There will be a light tea reception and discussion of women’s civil rights at 4 PM in the fellowship hall before the concert led by CWRU sociology professor Jessica Kelley. 

For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ying at music@fhcpresb.org.

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The Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth: Classes and Groups for Winter 2023

December 19, 2022 Antoinette Richardson

For the Winter of 2023, the Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth is pleased to announce the following classes.

We have tried to balance our offerings of classes in a variety of areas of Spiritual Growth:

We hope these classes will help people connect with each other, building our community of faith.

About Sunday Morning Class times:        

Please note that the starting time for Sunday morning classes is 9:15 AM. This gives us time to complete our classes comfortably and allows people who need to be elsewhere at 10:30 AM to arrive on time.         


Study of the Book of Luke

Facilitators: Kathryn Eloff and Tom Zych

Dates and Times: Sundays, January 8 through February 19, 2023, 9:15-10:15 AM

Format: Hybrid (both in person at church and on Zoom)

Resource Text: We will use the book about the Gospel of Luke, “Good News for All,” from the Kerygma series as a common reading to begin the discussion. In addition, each week, the facilitators will send an email containing reflections and suggested readings from the Bible and other sources.

Class Description: This class continues our long tradition of Sunday morning Bible study. Luke’s Gospel is uniquely inclusive, involving all people. Good News is for the outcast and the establishment, for the religious and those searching. Luke speaks to women, to men, to the strong and healthy, to the weak and dispossessed. Its relevance today inspires faith, spirituality, and action.

To sign up, click here: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/3a3065.

Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living

Facilitators: Ann Williams

Dates and Time: Sundays, January 8 through February 19, 2025, 9:15-10:15 AM.

Format: Meeting by Zoom only, to include people who live outside northeast Ohio.

Resource Texts: “Make Peace” from the Follow Me series, and your own Bible

Class Description: The Follow Me classes are designed to help us to follow practices that Jesus taught for spiritual growth. As we learn about each practice, we will have ample opportunity to share our experiences, encourage each other, and build community.

To sign up, click here: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/3a3065.

The Gospel of Matthew

Facilitator: Ron Zimmerman

Dates and Times: January 8 through April 2, 9:15-10:15 AM

Format: On Zoom

Resource Text: Your own Bible and Gospel of Matthew: God With Us by Matt Woodley, part of the Resonate series from InterVarsity Press. Though the book is out of print, it is available as an ebook through Amazon and InterVarsity Press(https://www.ivpress.com/the-gospel-of-matthew-ebook).

Class Description: Using the Bible plus the easy-to-read commentary, Gospel of Matthew: God with Us by Matt Woodley, the class will journey through the Gospel, exploring a thematic study on kingdom building (developing a beloved community) with the intent to listen for God’s voice in how to live out an active faith in real-time. 

To sign up, click here: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/3a3065.

Praying with others through the Challenges of Life

Facilitator: Leslie Clement

Dates and Times: Friday afternoons, 5:30-7:00 PM, January 6- February 10, 2023.

Format: IN person at church

Class Description: Do you long to deepen your prayer life in company with others who have the same longing? Leslie will be sharing a five-part series written by faculty, program directors, and leaders from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary community.

To sign up, click here: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/74fa0d190.

Racial Equity Book Club

Facilitator: Quentin Smith

Dates and Times: January 11 and January 28, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Format: On Zoom

Class Description: Please join us on January 7 & Jan. 28 (10:30 a.m. to noon via zoom ) when we discuss the New York Times best-seller historical novel Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. Ms. Gyasi was born in the African nation of Ghana but raised in America. Consequently, she views Africa and America through unique eyes.

To request the ZOOM link, please email: racialequitybuddies@fhcpresb.org.

About Books for Classes

Many of the books used in the following classes are widely available through local public libraries and major online booksellers. Most are also available in audio format. Inexpensive, used copies can be purchased through used booksellers like AbeBooks.com, Biblio.com, or ThriftBooks.com. Books for the Follow Me and Kerygma classes will be purchased by the Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth. If you are able, please donate $8 per book to Forest Hill Church, specifying that it is for books for a class. But if this expense would be difficult for you, please consider the book to be our gift to you.

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Christmas Eve Services

December 16, 2022 Antoinette Richardson

Dear Friends, 

The Staff of Forest Hill Church and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! We are blessed to be part of this great congregation. Your commitment to worship, to learning, to hospitality and to both the inner work of prayer and the outer work of justice give testimony to your faith, hope and love. 

May you find a peace that passes all our understanding; a joy that lifts your spirit, a love that carries you through difficult moments. Remember that Christ was born.  He knows the fullness of life, the moments of bliss and the moments of pain. May we all be mindful of others this season.   

I hope you will be able to join us at one of the Christmas Eve services at 5:00 and 11:00.  The early service will be for all ages, with a special focus on the children. The late service will be our community service featuring Eligie!  If 11:00 is too late for you, make sure to tell your friends about it.  

We will be worshiping on Christmas Day at 11:00.  Come casually. We will sing hymns, read scripture, say our prayers and then head home!  

God bless you this Christmas season!  Christ is born!  ~John 

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From the Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth:

November 28, 2022 Antoinette Richardson

Advent is a time of waiting, anticipating the coming of Jesus Christ in a physical body just like ours. Christians everywhere and throughout time have used Advent to reflect, to deepen their experience of God coming to us in the flesh.

For Advent this year, the members of the Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth have decided to try something different. In the past, we have offered special Sunday morning Advent classes as a way for people could enhance their spiritual growth. However, many people find attending Sunday morning classes difficult or not appealing. We know that such classes reach only a small portion of our worshiping community.

At our most recent meeting, we considered ways to reach out to the entire church community during Advent. We decided to have an Advent Email each week on Monday morning, with a reflection about the theme of the week and its application to everyday life. We know that our fellow church member, Jean Reinhold, has written wonderfully poetic Advent reflections. So we asked, and Jean has generously agreed that we can use her writings for our Advent emails this year.

Each week during Advent, you will receive an emailed reflection by Jean on the theme of the week from the Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth. You will find the first Advent email, on the theme of Hope, on the next page. We hope that you will read and re-read this reflection throughout the week as a way of deepening your experience of this time of waiting.

from Ann Williams and the entire Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth

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Worship Bulletin: Feb. 27, 2022

February 23, 2022 Antoinette Richardson

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Worship Bulletin (Father’s Day): June 20, 2021

June 18, 2021 Antoinette Richardson

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